The girl at Joann’s asked me recently about my handbag while checking out. I love that handbag; it’s neat hologram vinyl and I picked it up on sale at JC Penny years ago and it’s still going strong. After I told her that, I realized I was bummed to be telling her about a bag I hadn’t made. I remembered back to the last two handbags I made and how great it was to tell people that I made them, followed by the inevitable “Really?” and my consistent response of “yea.”
Both were from patterns (before the blog, no pics of em around) but after looking around for a new one to make I couldn’t find a pattern that suited what I wanted. So I designed my own pattern and I call it, the Lizette bag.
I made a boat load of mistakes making this bag. More bag experience would or better research would have helped but I think it’s got some potential.
I will be remaking this pattern with some alterations for sure! At first I wasn’t going to share this failure on the blog until I make a better one to show off but figured why not, someone may have some good feedback (which I welcome all criticism and advice, help a girl out!)
- These straps far exceeded my expectations; I made them from a pleather fabric I picked up and they came out SO nicely!
- Next time I will separate the straps on the bag from the shoulder strap with hardware (easier to construct)
- Bag is a bit floppy, I used a fusible fleece but need something stiffer
- LOVE the fabric I used inside, it’s a quirky newsprint with sensational sewing and quilting headlines that crack me up. I will be picking up more if I can get my hands on it for lining a future version of this bag!
- Next time I will take the time to make real lining; this was supposed to be kinda quilted but I changed my mind
- Lining will fix the ugly inside, add options for interior pockets and will replace the binding I used with a nice clean top stitch
- The leather detail on the front pocket is key (and I like the proportion!)
- The pocket is perfect for my iPad mini!
- I made the pocket really stiff with a heavy interfacing and it was perfect that way!
- So pleased with the proportions and the seams on the leather bottom
- Needs heavier base and definitely those little hardware feet
- Match your seams better lazy girl…
Pattern: Original design
Fabric: Essex Linen Cotton (yarn dyed black), Feed Company, faux leather
Any feedback on the design or advice on construction?
I know the design is flawed and it’s from inexperience so welcome all kinds of feedback & wisdom you’re willing to provide!